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Does Anti-virus software really work?

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Been pondering over this for years......from my research, most articles praise the need for them. However, some aren't so supportive and say that even the best software may only detect 25 percent of viruses.

I realize common sense whilst surfing the web plays a large role as well. So it seems that a combination of the two is ideal?

I take it, if you are computer savvy enough, you could eliminate viruses/malware etc or safeguard your system from even getting them in first place without the need for any anti-virus software.

thoughts?
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So what about when you do get a virus? What do you do then? Yes, it may be easier to prevent in the first place getting a virus, however nowadays you can get viruses from things you didn't think you could previously, it's having the tools are your disposable to be able to rid yourself of the issue which is why AV is so important.
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User behavior trumps any anti-virus software any day of the week.

With that said, it is still a good idea to use it.
    
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User behavior trumps any anti-virus software any day of the week.
With that said, it is still a good idea to use it.
You have to assume that all user behaviour is the same and they all know what looks suspicious etc..rolleyes.gif
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So what about when you do get a virus? What do you do then? Yes, it may be easier to prevent in the first place getting a virus, however nowadays you can get viruses from things you didn't think you could previously, it's having the tools are your disposable to be able to rid yourself of the issue which is why AV is so important.

Since I starting using computers in the early 90's, I have never had a virus that crippled my computer. although I have probably had at some points some sort of minor virus or another...but nothing I knew about. I have never had my computer "hacked" , had my identity stolen, fallen for a scam etc.

But i also reformat on a regular basis....

All this time, i hardly used any anti-virus software.
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Since I starting using computers in the early 90's, I have never had a virus that crippled my computer. although I have probably had at some points some sort of minor virus or another...but nothing I knew about. I have never had my computer "hacked" , had my identity stolen, fallen for a scam etc.
But i also reformat on a regular basis....
All this time, i hardly used any anti-virus software.
That's fine for you. But what about for the general population? How many of your friends or family regularly check for virus's without being told to? Or reformat? AV works, and it's so useful for normal, every day computer users, not us geeks who check everylink we press, and everything we download.rolleyes.gif
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I think it depends on your knowledge and awareness of how PC's world function. I havn't used a single antivirues since I got my own PC. But ofcourse I never take risks downloading suspicious stuff... I also use common sense. I can only remeber a virus invading my pc once. But I had enough knowledge on pc's to elimiate it. I had like 15-16 years when this happend. biggrin.gif
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I'm sure it's a lot higher then 25%... but some will get through anything.

I would say yes, AV software works. It catches virus/malware before it gets on the PC. Not 100%, but much better then nothing.. they don't tend to cost more then a few bucks a month if you sub for a full year.
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